Wednesday, 9 August 2017

President Buhari did not violate any law by staying in London - Senate

The Senate said on Tuesday that President Muhammadu Buhari has not violated any law by not returning to Nigeria after spending 90 days on medical vacation. 

This was made known through a statement made by its spokesman, Aliyu Abdullahi in Abuja, reacting to protests by coalition of civil society organizations, operating under the aegis of "OurMumuDonDo", which demand the resignation of the president over his long medical vacation in London.

The Senate also urged the protesters to stop heating up the state of political entity in the country that this is causing unnecessary  tension.

According to the senate, Buhari had compiled with the provisions of the 1999 constitution, which specify that the president must handover to the Vice President and inform the two chambers of the legislature about his medical vacation.
The senate said “The president has broken no law and therefore we do not see any justification for this diversion and noise-making. The sponsors are merely seeking cheap publicity at the expense of the peace of Nigeria,"

“We, in the National Assembly, are satisfied that there is no vacuum. The Federal Government is working. Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, is providing the required leadership. So, there is no reason for the protests.”

“All Nigerians now should focus on praying for the safe return of the President.”
“We in the Senate are happy about the report by the governors and party leaders, who recently visited President Buhari in London and we know he will soon return to continue to provide leadership to our people and the rest of Africa.”

“We, therefore, call on the protesters to stop all these demonstrations and let their sense of patriotism overshadow the zeal for activism by joining other Nigerians to pray for the president.

“We should also pray for the acting president and Nigeria as a country at this critical period.”

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